Gulf Hagas

Greenville, Maine

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The deep and narrow slate cliffs of Gulf Hagas are dramatic in winter. Ice forms on the walls, creating avenues of vertical blue. Snow covers the pine forest at the top of the canyon, and the walls eventually narrow to create falls, polls, and chutes. No wonder Gulf Hagas is called the “Grand Canyon of Maine.” The craggy gulf is along the West Branch of the Pleasant River. During a 4.0-mile run, the river drops 400 feet. Just off the Appalachian Trail, Gulf Hagas was once a spot for logging. Huge trees would be transported down the river, though one might wonder how the timber was fed through where the cannon narrows. Surface quality: Unpacked.
Winter Trails: Maine

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Winter Trails: Maine

by Marty Basch (The Globe Pequot Press)

The deep and narrow slate cliffs of Gulf Hagas are dramatic in winter. Ice forms on the walls, creating avenues of vertical blue. Snow covers the pine forest at the top of the canyon, and the walls eventually narrow to create falls, polls, and chutes. No wonder Gulf Hagas is called the “Grand Canyon of Maine.”

The craggy gulf is along the West Branch of the Pleasant River. During a 4.0-mile run, the river drops 400 feet. Just off the Appalachian Trail, Gulf Hagas was once a spot for logging. Huge trees would be transported down the river, though one might wonder how the timber was fed through where the cannon narrows. Surface quality: Unpacked.

©  Marty Basch/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: Little Lyford Pond Camps and Lodge
Driving Directions: Directions to Gulf Hagas

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